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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Address: Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
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+351 21 782 3461
10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private...

The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private collection of Persian art, Egyptian sculptures, and paintings by the Old Masters. Calouste Gulbenkian's collection of paintings includes works by Bouts, Van de Weyden, Lochner, Cima de Conegliano, Carpaccio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Guardi, Gainsborough, Romney, Lawrence, Fragonard, Corot, Renoir, Nattier, Boucher, Manet, Degas and Monet. A favourite sculpture of his was the marble original of Houdon's famous Diana, which had belonged to Catherine of Russia and which Gulbenkian purchased from the Hermitage Museum in 1930.

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Amazing collection of Antiquities!

I never thought I would see works by so many artists, sculptors, and so much more! Rodin, Degas, Monet, Rubens, just to name a few. An incredible collection of great works from... read more

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I never thought I would see works by so many artists, sculptors, and so much more! Rodin, Degas, Monet, Rubens, just to name a few. An incredible collection of great works from many cultures. If you are visiting Lisbon, grab a Taxi and go see this Museum. It will overwhelm you! Take pictures, no flash, and half price for Seniors!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Most sites quote about 14 euros for this museum but that price is for the main collection and the special exhibitions so it's a bit misleading and off putting. if you just want to do the "main" bit it's 10 euros (half price for over 65s). Excellent collection - superb priceless examples of everything from archaeological pieces to Lalique via... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its a great surprise to visit so many and various pieces of art of a collection from a single man. Was unbelievable his purpose to share those magnificent beauties with all who appreciate art.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great collection and garden with spots to stop for an espresso during the visit. The founders collection is quite interesting and varied while the contemporary museum on site focuses on some very interesting and worthy Portuguese artists.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I liked the Gulbenkian Museum. It is as good as many other art museums in Europe with its large collections of all kind of art. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum ( Museu Calouste Gulbenkian) is a Portuguese museum in the civil parish of Avenidas Novas, in the municipality of Lisbon. Founded in conformity with Calouste Gulbenkian's last will and testament, the... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an excellent museum with great private collections. The gardens are also beautiful and you can enjoy the restaurant open air. I have been there so many times, the latest being in May for the Almada Negreiros exhibition: superb!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very important collection. For the people who are intereted in arts, a museum that should not be missed. They let you take photos (without flash)

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I prefer architecture to museums, but the Gulbenkian pre-modern collection is an exception. The building architecture is not remarkable, but the collection is. It is organized more or less chronologically and includes prime examples of artists and art forms. The Lalique glass collection was particularly interesting; his original works are far different and much more interesting than what is now... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an extremely interesting collection of art works. We visited the modern art building which is a gorgeous space. I found the display well planned out and educational for one not "up on" one's Portuguese history. The garden area between buildings was a delightful walk and we had a lovely lunch there. The main collection has some wonderful pieces...including... More 

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I absolutely adore the Gulbenkian! Not just the museum but the urban jungle in which it is set. I had two days in this part of Lisbon, and planned only a walk thru of the beautiful trees, plants and small waterways on the first, then visit the collection on the second. But while I really loved the stroll through the... More 

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